Saturday, April 02, 2011
Vonnie Hughes: Exotic Locales For Books
So you’re thinking, “This stupid woman set her novel in Orehevo-Zuevo or Bujumbura, didn’t she?” No, actually, I didn’t. I set it in New Zealand—the place that sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire and which, like Japan, recently suffered an almighty earthquake.
Now, my family was born in New Zealand, although we now live in Australia. And the book that gave those hesitant agents and publishers pause is titled LETHAL REFUGE. What worried them was that the New Zealand policing system is based on the English one—unarmed constables in vehicles or on foot forming the basis of the structure. Yes, many police are armed e.g. detectives on certain occasions, units assisting the Drug Squad on drug busts and of course the Armed Offenders’ Squad (equivalent to the American SWAT teams) are all armed.
So the agents and publishers aforementioned had a point when they said they didn’t know how to market it. They probably thought: no guns, no excitement. (And of course they might have been being polite; maybe they hated the story).
So how exotic is exotic? I can’t say I’ve ever thought of the country of my birth as being exotic! Lots of farmland, clean and green when compared with other countries and beautiful. Ravishingly beautiful in romance terms. There is nothing to beat the Southern Alps (in the South Island of New Zealand) etched against a deep blue autumn sky with a clear lake reflecting the mountain peaks. There are a couple of photos of New Zealand on my blog at http://vonniehughes.blogspot.com/
So when you think of exotic locales, spare a thought for New Zealand, will you? Exotic? Heh!
Vonnie writes Regencies and romantic suspense. Her latest Regency, COMING HOME, was published in hardback by Robert Hale Ltd. It is available (post-free, yay!) from The Book Depository at http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780709090052/Coming-Home Her romantic suspense, LETHAL REFUGE with The Wild Rose Press, does not yet have a release date. Keep an eye out for it!
Posted by Lee Hyat at 12:15 AM